High tea in the centre of Lisbon.

Enjoy an afternoon cuppa and a selection of cakes with a view of the city.

Lisbon Local Expert

Lisbon’s Rossio Restaurant is noted for its authentic Portuguese gastronomy, created by chef Carlos Marques whose contemporary interpretation of traditional country-wide fare has won him a loyal following.

The restaurant sits at the top of the Altis Avenida Hotel and spills out on to a fabulous rooftop terrace that affords impressive city-centre views. The best time to appreciate this panorama is during dinner, when Lisbon is illuminated in all its beauty. An executive lunch menu caters for the city’s business community and allows for al fresco dining when the weather is sunny and mild.

Afternoon Tea Service at Rossio Restaurant — Photo courtesy of Rossio Restaurant

But it’s the restaurant’s Afternoon Tea menu that’s attracting the attention of Lisbon’s tourists. The new concept provides a relaxing interlude between sightseeing on weekends when visitors can saunter up to the hotel’s 7th floor and chill out in style.

The set menu comprises a selection of teas and infusions accompanied by a platter of cakes and pastries. Tempting the taste buds are delicious scones and homemade cake, sesame seed croissants, tangy orange pie and custard cream tarts – and that’s just for starters! Guests can also indulge in chocolate Neopolitan and warm truffles, or opt for toast smothered in butter and various jams. 

It’s a wickedly indulgent way to pass a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, between 4pm and 6pm. And that same glorious city panorama is served absolutely free. 

About Paul Bernhardt

Combining a spot of weekend sightseeing with afternoon tea is a very civilized way of exploring the Portuguese capital, believes Paul Bernhardt, a very civilized, tea-drinking resident. 

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